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Top IFS Gets PCCF Rank

Bhubaneswar: Veteran Indian Forest Service (IFS) Officer Sushil Kumar Popli has been promoted to Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) Rank along with his Batchmates on 1 February.

Department of General Administration and Public Grievances has notified the In-Situ Promotion of 1987 Batch IFS Mr.Popli, who is serving as Additional Chief Conservator of Forests Plan Program and Afforestation (PPA) in State Forest Headquarters.

Mr.Popli,  along with Batchmates, Rajiv Kumar and Sisir Kumar Ratho has received the PCCF Promotion, thanks to Odisha Government decision for timely promotion to eligible officers under 5T Charter.

While Mr.Kumar is Managing Director Odisha Forest Development Corporation, Mr.Ratho is ADG Forests in Government of India.

Both Top IFS Officers, Mr.Kumar and Mr.Popli have received In-Situ Promotion and Mr.Ratho, who is serving in Government of India has received Proforma Promotion to PCCF Rank.

In fact, Mr.Popli, an honest and hardworking officer  is known as a versatile IFS Officer, who has extensively worked in various fields in Forest, Power, Steel and Mines and Tribal Development Sectors during his 31 years of service.

While he started his career in 1989 as Probationary Officer in KBK Region, later in 1992 Mr.Popli was engaged in Plantation and Afforestation as DFO in Koraput.

As Nayagarh DFO in 1994, he was instrumental in planning of Shree Jagannath Vana Prakalpa, the Forestery Project for provision of timber for Trinity of Shree Jagannath Temple, Puri.

Interestingly when he served as DFO Athagarh, the ambitious project was launched, in which he was part of the Green Initiative.

Preparation of Forest Management Plan is his forte and as Working Plan DFO at Koraput he was instrumental in formulating 10 Year Plan for Koraput and Rayagada.

As Conservator of Forest at Angul, during 2007-09, Satkosia Tiger Project was initiated and he served as First Project Director of the Project.

Scaling up Bamboo Mission and World Food Program in the State, he played a pivotal role during 2009-10 and later in 2021, he served as Director Tribal Affairs and Scheduled Caste Development, gaining variety of experiences.

2013, saw him as Special Secretary Steel and Mines, where he served for more than one year to join in Power Distribution Sector as CEO CESU.

Grievance Redressal was his prime attention and improvement of consumer satisfaction got the priority during his 3 years tenure in the Prime Power Distribution Setup of the State.

Back in Steel and Mines as Special Secretary, Mr.Popli has been instrumental in hassle free auction of 22 Major  Mines, which was done in a record time and transparent manner.

Served in the Steel and Mines Sector for five long years, Mr.Popli has deep knowledge in this economic sector.

In 2021, he was back in State Forest Headquarters and took charge of Additional CCF Plan Program and Afforestation, which is a crucial assignment so far Forest Sector is concerned.

“It has been really wonderful three decades of association with Odisha, land of Lord Jagannath, who has blessed me, my family members”, said a happy go lucky Top Mandarin after assuming the charge.